Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cards That Never Were #51

1974 TCMA - Randy Poffo

Minor League sets in the seventies are very poorly documented, so there may be a Randy Poffo card out there, but somehow, I doubt it.

Before Randy made wrestling his full time profession, he tried his hand at baseball. Much has already been written about the organizations he was with and how an arm injury derails his Major League dreams. There has even been tales of how Randy loved baseball so much, that he taught himself how to use his other hand, in an attempt to keep his diamond dreams afloat. This led him to a Spring Training invite with the Chicago White Sox in 1975.

Before all that, he was in the Cincinnati Reds organization for the 1974 season. He mostly played the outfield during his time there, but found himself at first base and catcher as well.

I have been searching for many years for photos of Randy from his baseball days. Since his passing, a few have leaked out. All of them have been in black and white. No pictures have surfaced yet of Randy in a White Sox uniform though.

I'd like to make up for his lack of a baseball card by making one using the 1974 TCMA Minors design. As luck would have it, that set used black and white photos. One day, I'd like to make a White Sox card of him, but I am pleased to have any photo of Randy Poffo in a baseball uniform.


Ryan G said...

You could do the Topps thing and airbrush a White Sox logo over that C. Not much you can do with the shirt unless you have a lot of free time on your hands.

Steve Gierman said...

I toyed with the idea of doing that, but I'm sure there are photos out there of him in a Sox uniform. They just need to be discovered. I can wait. :-)

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